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    A buffalo rounds the corner at the intersection of Yellowstone Avenue and Dunraven Street Tuesday afternoon. Town police and other officials pushed a trio of buffalo out of town and into the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park after they wandered into the north end of West Yellowstone.

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2011 6:49 am | Updated: 6:55 am, Sun Apr 24, 2011.

Three buffalo made a quick trip to town Tuesday afternoon, but found their welcome limited.

The bison wandered into the north end of West Yellowstone along Highway 191 and were quickly met by several police vehicles that attempted to herd them back out of town. 

Unfortunately, the buffalo worked their way around the police and made their way south down Canyon Street into town. Though they primarily on the streets, the buffalo occasionally wandered near sidewalks and storefronts, sending a few people on foot to dart into doorways or scramble around vehicles.

After ambling west one block and taking a southerly course to Yellowstone Avenue, the trio of buffalo tried to head west, but town vehicles headed them off and steered them back down an alley to the east. The stayed on course until they connected with Boundary Street, from where they were eventually herded into the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and on east toward the Madison River. 

Police were joined by several town public works services vehicles, Forest Service rigs, National Park Service trucks and Hebgen Basin Fire District vehicles that served to block off streets, alleys and driveways to the buffalo. Police Chief Gordon Berger appeared to serve as the head wrangler in his police cruiser.

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